Explore Missouri's original landscapes

Missouri's natural areas represent some of the best — and last — examples of our state's original landscape. Here are places where you can still see the rare plants, animals, and geological features that pre-settlement native Americans knew well or that explorers such as Lewis and Clark observed and recorded. Explore remnant prairies, old-growth forests and woodlands, rare wetlands, caves, and many other kinds of native habitat.

Plan a visit

Use the information in this section to plan a visit to a natural area. Whether your interest is nature study, birding, hiking, fishing, hunting, or photography, you'll find a designated Missouri natural area to enjoy your favorite low-impact outdoor recreational activity.

Map of Natural Areas in Missouri


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Title County Designation Datesort icon
Diamond Grove Prairie Newton 08/24/1982
Valley View Glades Jefferson 08/24/1982
Mint Spring Seep Gasconade 08/24/1982
Hughes Mountain Washington 08/24/1982
Coakley Hollow Fen Camden 08/25/1982
The Pinnacles Boone 01/21/1983
Blue River Glades Jackson 01/21/1983
Engelmann Woods Franklin 01/21/1983
Pelican Island St. Louis 02/14/1983
Big Spring Carter 02/14/1983
George A. Hamilton Forest Lincoln 02/14/1983
White River Balds Taney 04/18/1983
Weldon Spring Hollow St. Charles 06/16/1983
St. Francis River Madison 06/16/1983
Isley Park Woods Clay 06/16/1983
Whetstone Creek Callaway 06/16/1983
Johnson's Shut-Ins Fen Reynolds 12/01/1983
Grasshopper Hollow Reynolds 12/16/1983
Quercus Flatwoods Texas 12/16/1983
Wildcat Glade Newton 02/17/1984
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